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Ricky A. West, age 57, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 27, 2019.  He was born February 20th, 1962, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to James West and Marilyn DeWitt. He is survived by his mother Marilyn DeWitt, his Wife Dawn, his children, Tamara (Tim) Nichols, Josh West and Zachary West. His step-children Jeff (Treva) Urban, Rich Urban and Joleen Urban, Michael Makarewicz and Hailey Makarewicz. Grandchildren: Jaiden, Connor, Hunter, Liam and Jaxson.  His siblings Pat (Karen) West, Lori (Wes) VandenBerg, Jeri (Ray) Featherstone, and Rick (Penny) Dewitt.

He is preceded in death by his father, James West; step father, James Dewitt and step-brother, Doug Dewitt.

Rick enjoyed living the country boy lifestyle. He loved his family, shooting pool, his motorcycle, ice fishing and living his life to the fullest. Rick was loved by many and will be missed by all.

A celebration of life memorial service will take place on August 10, 2019, at Grace Community Church, 9920 Reed Rd, Howard City, MI 49329, at 11:00 and will be followed by a luncheon. 

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18 Condolences

  1. Anne on August 1, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    You will be missed by many, and a empty place in peoples hearts. God Speed

  2. Jane Shears on August 1, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Rick may God rest your soul, prayers to your family (Pat). you will be missed by many my long time friend

  3. Larry on August 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Rick was a Good guy that didn’t deserve to die so young, and he was funny as He’ll ! RIP GOOD FRIEND !

  4. Amelia Henkel on August 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Rick and I became friends while shooting pool in Coral. He was funny and kind, and always happy to see me. He made me laugh on days that I could barely smile. I’m going to miss him immensely, and shooting there is never going to be the same. Rest in Peace Rick, until we meet again, hold that pool table for me.

  5. Monica bradley on August 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I knew Rick from coming into the store all the time he was always a friendly face to see and always very nice!! My heart aches and my thoughts are with his family. May you Rest Easy Rick!

  6. Janet Plumb on August 1, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    May you Rest In Peace, and your family cherish the memories they made with you.

  7. Tamara on August 1, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Here is a list of just a few things that bring a smile when i think of our adventures with dad.
    1) cross country trips in the semi
    2) how he made pancakes bigger then your head
    3) having to drive every dirt road to find the perfect tub to fish from.
    4) the emu (enough said)
    5) the Christmas tree in the road

    Dad you lived life to the fullest and by your terms. You are on the biggest adventure yet. Until we see you again love you dad.

  8. Kathy Beech& Sonny Forster on August 1, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Our deepest sympathies Marilyn to you and your family. Love and prayers to all of Ricks loved ones. So very sorry for your loss.

  9. Brenda Hills on August 1, 2019 at 6:42 pm

  10. Michelle Merritt on August 1, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Rick you will truly be missed by everyone you had a kind soul may you rest in peace my thoughts and prayers to your family.

  11. Heidi on August 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Please know I am praying for your family at this time of loss. May God bless you all.

  12. Tammy on August 2, 2019 at 12:01 am

    I met Rick while I was working at the store in Coral. He always came in and was so kind and respectful. My thoughts and prayers are with Ricks family and friends at this very difficult time. R.I.P Rick.

  13. Sue Townes on August 2, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Such a terrible loss of someone who was such a kind person all of his life. Met him many years ago when I was still married and lived across the street from his mom and step dad. May God wrap his arms around you and welcome you home. Prayers going out to his family.

  14. Pam on August 2, 2019 at 9:58 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with Ricks family and friends at this very difficult time. God Bless you all. RIP Rick.

  15. Crystal Barnes on August 3, 2019 at 8:35 am

    We miss you so much Rick! You were always so good to me and treated me like a daughter. My heart is broken and it hurts me to know that I won’t see you again…. Or hear your voice….and I just wanted to tell you that diseal is in good hands…. I hope you can finally rest in peace now Rick…. You didn’t deserve this….we love you Rick!

  16. Amy Rock on August 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I havent seen you since high school, but have thought of you every time I hear Rocky Top. I remember you as kind, fun and funny. Your amazing artwork. Your mural in the dungeon at tc high. Cross country skiing. Snow mobiles. Singing. Laughing. You were a good man who did not deserve this. Prayers of comfort for your family & friends.

  17. Joanne Marttila Pierson on August 6, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    We were so saddened to learn of Rick’s untimely passing. Our hearts go out to all. (Uncle) Pete and I will see you all at the service on Saturday.

    Much love,
    (Aunt) Joanne

  18. SUKIE on August 25, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Ricky you completely enlightened my life! I’m a better person having you as my Best Friend/Husband. I have a fortune in memories I will hold near and dear to my heart until we are together again! Prayers to Mom, the best mother in law ever. XOXOXO

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